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Wilmot Breedon Limited

OldBrummie

master brummie
Hello Everyone. I have just discovered a site that has a relevant article you might be interested in. It relates to:
MARYBOROUGH DISTRICT​
ANTIQUE MOTOR CLUB INC.
located in Queensland, Australia (Yes, home of the FLOODS).
If you go onto the link (below), the result is a PDF format, and scroll to page 6, the article entitled "The Harmonic Bumper Bar".
Here is a description of an historic aspect of Wilmot Breeden production.
You may also be interested to know Wilmots had an office and distribution centre in Melbourne Victoria.
When I did my apprenticeship in 1958/63 I was introduced to one of Wilmot's Aussie Sales Team. (Name lone forgotten).
He actually met me when the ship (SS Fairsky) docked in Melbourne in October '63.
Hope you find this interesting.

https://www.maryboroughvintage.com/2010_march_maryb_vint_news.pdf

OldBrummie
 

OldBrummie

master brummie
Yet again, Hello.
Following my previous, here's another site of historical Wilmot Breeden importance:
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=oD7wW7Gll-IC&pg=PA1321&lpg=PA1321&dq=wilmot+breeden+melbourne&source=bl&ots=GR7cPnABof&sig=X7Apgo4uvdG7WH3vd988uMnGyUE&hl=en&ei=9fAwTcnJDYGlceTSheEH&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=wilmot%20breeden%20melbourne&f=false
This is an ad that appeared in "The New Scientist" on 26th May 1960 and introduces the new Wilmot's factory in Melbourne.
In fact if you Google - Wilmot Breeden Melbourne - you will get up quite a few links. Not all are relevant but some refer to
products such as keys etc. Might interest some.

OldBrummie
 

tomhan

New Member
HI THERE
Doe,s Any=body Recall Wilmott Breedon Of Camden Street
Hockley Spring hill Did Any body Work There
I Used To Lve In King edwards Rd Just Up The Road By The Kirby Gang
Wilmotts and Breedon Had Afew Factory,s Around Brum
They Had One Next To The Ice Rink At Spring Hill And They Had One In Cheston Rd Aston Off Rocky Lane
I Have Got AN Invoice Addressed To R,H Burman Ltd Avon Works
Tyburn Rd Bham 24, FOR Reqeusting Payment For Materials Supplied
I Have Down Loaded The Copy On The Thread If Any-body Wants To See It
Best Wishes ASTONIAN ,;;
I think my nan used to work there, and my uncle too for a time. Their last name is Moseley.
 

cliff

Brummie babby
hi virusman, I worked in the toolroom for nine years from 1964. The toolmakers their were: Norman King, alf Collins, Pat Barker, Ron Hooper, Alf Chapman, Les Hayden, Lester Phillips, Paul Humphries, Billy Briden, Leo Jones, Reg Cosgrove, Barry Jackson, Eric hollis and me Cliff Henry. If you need any further info you can contact me by IM
 
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cliff

Brummie babby
Hi Dave, Bill Moore worked in the toolroom at fordhouse Lane. He was my uncle.Contact me by PM if you need any further info.
 
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cliff

Brummie babby
Hi, I worked in the toolroom from 1963 to 71so befor the time you need, but the toolmakers I remember were Alf Collins, Alf Chapman, Reg Cosgrove, Leo Jones, Billy Briden, Les Hayden, Ron Hooper, Norman King, and me Cliff Henry. If you want any memories let me know, Ive got plenty.
 

podgery

master brummie
I worked at the Kings road factory from 1964 to his eventual closure in 1994. We made turned parts in this factory on the single spindle and multi spindle auto's in the 60s and most of the 70s. These auto ran day and night, turning out thousands of nuts bolts rivets bushes shafts and screws every 24 hours. There was also a second Opps Department consisting of capstains millers special-purpose machines and splinning presses. I think we supplied every other factory in the group at one time or another. Rockwall took us over when they bought the rest of the group but in about 1987 a chap called Bob Russell brought the Kings road factory off Rockwell and run it as Russell manufacturing. Bob Russell had another factory in Tipton, but he went bust in 1994-95. There was also another factory in Kings Road. Call Farringdon works. They had a small toolroom. There, but what else they did. I haven't a clue.
 

cliff

Brummie babby
Hi Virusman, Have just come accross you request from 2009 for any info on toolmakers at Fordhouse Lane. If you are still interested I worked in the toolroom for 9 years and would be happy to give you a full list of every toolmaker up to 77 when I left.
 

cliff

Brummie babby
Hi Dave, Are you the Dave Rock who used to work in the toolroom at Fordhouse lane With Steve, Cossa, Billy briden, Les Hayden etc.?
 

devonjim

master brummie
Hi, Only recently discovered this web site. I was a WB apprentice 1958-63. Much of the time at Umberslade down in the "chemy" lab. Then later at Amington Rd., Farringdon and Fordhouse Lane. So I guess we knew each other. Colleagues I can recall at Umberslade include Graham Jones, Bob Green, Jim Paxton, Dave Wild, Ian Stockdale, Cliff Beddows, Maureen Smith, Moira Amos, Sid Cashmore, Peter Pinnock, Ernst Rupprect, Uffa Marx and David Gould, who sadly died from meningitis. I recall Eatonway's coaches, walks from Wood End Station, ice creams at Henley, outings to Motor Show, skating on the lake.
Who can recall the "Great Chain" robbery from Fordhouse Lane? And I cannot find any mention of the Bridgewater factory in this thread.
Think the reason I went to Wilmot's was a neighbour Ron Simper told me of the sports activities there, do you remember the interdepartmental cricket, I was "headhunted" by the maintenance team on virtually my first day at work. Characters in the main factories include Billy Chadwick, Arthur Letts, Bill Hamilton, John Given, Mac White, Bob Leishman, Stu Anderson, Bob Picken, Bunny Lee, "Big" Howy who could down a yard of ale in under 10 secs.
 

OldBrummie

master brummie
Hi Devonjim.
I joined WB in 1958 in the apprentice workshop in Ammington Road. Nine months in, I had an accident whilst working on a lathe and was "Off Work" for 4 weeks with a one and a half inch gash in my left wrist (still have the scar). Messrs Kettle and Roberts decided I was not cut out for engineering and to get rid of me, sent me out to Umberslade, where I spent the remainder of my apprenticeship. At the end of my "time", there was no job for me, so I upped sticks and sailed for Australia where I have remained to this day. I am not too hot with names but do recall some of those you mention but, I do have quite vivid memories of faces there. I still have, somewhere in my boxes of junk, a photo of Andy, one of the two gardeners, trudging to work through the snow from his cottage on the estate. My boss was Wal Comley who was replaced by Nick Gross when he retired. Nick also moved to Australia sometime after me. Most of my time was spent building rigs to test door locks and window winders and I also spent a great deal of time with the test drivers out at M.I.R.A at Nuneaton. I enjoyed my sojourn at Umberslade but it didn't do much for my future career prospects. Perhaps one of the things that stuck in my memory was the constant "cleaning and tidying" we were forced to do whenever there were "bigwigs" visiting, especially when the French folks visited. Oh happy days! They were a great crowd there and we did have some fun. Devonjim, you would remember me as Peter Platt.
OldBrummie
 

devonjim

master brummie
wb1962 (2).jpg
WB 2nd XI 1962
Sports played a big part in the social life at WB. In these austere times it easy to forget the investment made by the company in those days to enhance our lot. There was a full time social secretary in HR(personnel)and a couple of groundsmen at the Sports Ground at Elmdon, which had a fishing lake, two cricket squares, two or three soccer pitches. There would be fireworks and a bonfire on November 5th. At Tyseley there was a dance hall which held some 400, and who can forget the annual Miss Wilmot competition, so non-PC!
 

Glenys

proper brummie kid
My dad Vic Hunt was a bumper polisher at Wilmot Breedons in Amington Road, he lived in Yardley and cycled to work. He met my mom and she worked there assembling locks and they got married in 1950, and lived in Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills. Dad was still working there until he died aged 52 in January 1979. My brother Dave worked there with dad for a short while. Once they had done their quota on nights, they would then get their heads down. My mom is now 84, and still comes out with stories when we go and see her.

I remember going up to the sports ground by the airport as dad used to fish the lake, and won loads of prizes, the first time I saw a colour t.v. was at the sports ground and there was a nature programme on the t.v. that must have been around 1967. I also used to go the works Christmas parties/pantomime trips
 

Glenys

proper brummie kid
My brother works at the "Old Sheldon Cinema" which is now Tescos and has been Safeways / morrisons and many other supermarkets before that, it may even been a Kwik Save at one point. He has worked on that site for about 30 years.
 

devonjim

master brummie
Hi,
The captain(Harry Hartshorne) of the cricket team in my picture #57 was a polisher,as was Kenny Hewitt, your dad or brother may have known them. For a while I worked on lock assemblies 1966-1968(I think) at Farringdon Works. Bob James was the works manager at the time. My brother was one of the grounds men at Elmdon when you went up with your dad. His wife and daughter both work at Tesco at Monkspath.
 
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